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Garden of Eden

PassportAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B00005RZX6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Big Bang
2. Garden Of Eden: Dawn
3. Garden Of Eden: Light I
4. Garden Of Eden: Light II
5. Garden Of Eden: Snake
6. Garden Of Eden: Gates Of Paradise
7. Garden Of Eden: Dreamware
8. Garden Of Eden: Good Earth Smile
9. Garden Of Eden: Children's Dance

Editorial Reviews

This 1979 release was something of a concept album, wrestling with questions of morality and man's origin with such cuts as Big Bang; Gates of Paradise , and Children's Dance .

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd but don't pass it by! June 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
To me Passport have always been known for the artfullness of it's
musical style,whatever they may be.But none of the Passport albums I've heard sound anything alike and this being more so then others."Garden Of Eden" is a concept album veering from the
overtly bombastic to the extremely sutble-that's it's simplist
description."Big Bang","Gates Of Paradise" and "Children's Dance"
are the more "bomastic" cuts,the later barring a strong resemblance to Herbie Hancock's Headhunters band sound,the former
featuring one of the first examples on vocals on a Passport album,something that seems to lend this album detracters."Snake",
"Dreamware" and yet another vocal piece "Good Earth Smile" are
far slower pieces that come and go at just the right time before
they become tedious and boring-older Passport "slow" tunes had a problem with being overlong and dull.The tital suite has a very
pronounced new-age jazz feel,but it's minimalism,good use of
choral synthesizers and most important it's brevity lend it a feel most closely associated with Stevie Wonder's "Secret Life Of
Plants" from the same year.This isn't typical Passport but it shows the band learning from the mistakes of it's past and trying
something new and more compelling.This is probably one of the last Passport albums a fan would want to pick up-I have many
others I'd recommend first because familiarity with the bands
earlier and even later music is somewhat important in making
the music on "Garden Of Eden" work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standing At The Gates Of Paradise March 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
By the time this came out the 70's was coming to an end. As far as Passport were concerned the only member this had in common with the other lineups was ground founder Doldinger himself. The rest of the classic lineup had gradually shed members over the course of the previous two albums. This addition of Passport tended much more toward the progressive fusion side of the bands nature than anything as dance oriented as before. Of course this also meant they were more experimental and bound to do the unexpected. They even found their first vocalist in guitar player Kevin Mulligan. So here they went for their most overtly conceptual album. What the concept defines itself as is something of a mystery.

With witty cover art possibly depicting a satire of creationism,a celebration of Darwinism or possible a little of each this album begins with an instrumental suite starting with the cinematic disco styled "Big Bang" through the gentle title song up through the heavier prog rock styled "Light II". From there it's onto "Snake",a somewhat jazzier song for this album. "Gates Of Paradise" features Mulligan singing on a flamboyantly melodic combination of dance/soul and gospel music,complete with female vocal chorus. "Dreamware" also returns to that dance flavor with a slick,hook filled arrangement. It's one of my favorites here along with "Children's Dance",another funk number with a heavy swinging flavor to it too.

Mulligans other vocal number in the almost country-western styled "Good Earth Smile" isn't bad but isn't a favorite of mine personally. Does'nt mesh well stylistically with this sort of album mainly. Granted this particular lineup of Passport were'nt quite as individual as the earlier lineup in terms of innovative instrumentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable December 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am a fan. So far, there is not a single Passport album I have not enjoyed. I hope you will, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its all good! June 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Despite the change in lineup, this is still a strong album/CD and I like the "Eden" theme, Klaus D. is the driving force behind Passport and the "new" lineup still can sound unmistakeably like Passport. Having typed that, I do wish jazz musicians would stick to instumentals and forego any vocals but this album/CD is still worth the price.
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